Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has allowed the private schools to keep the schools open for first five days of month for fee collection, but they have not been made bound to pay salaries to teachers.

Most of the private schools in KP are not paying salaries to their teachers since the lockdown has come into effect and schools are closed due to the fear of the spread of coronavirus. Private schools teachers are facing a lot of difficulties during the lockdown and they say their situation may go from bad to worse if the lockdown persisted for few more days.

Tania Rehman, a teacher in a private school, told TNN that she has been told by the school owner that new admissions have not been made in the school due to lockdown and they will not get salary. She said the school administration has clearly told that it cannot afford to pay salaries as they currently have no revenue.

Tania said she shares some expenses of her family, but now she is facing a difficult situation due to stoppage of her salary.

Yasmeen, another teacher at a private school, said she along with 16 other teachers have been told that they won’t get salary of the next two months. She said she receives Rs15,000 salary out of which she pays for monthly savings. She said she will miss the monthly instalment if she was not paid salary.

Qazi Mirwes, Chairman Pakistan Public School and College Peshawar, told TNN that lockdown has badly impacted private educational institutions. He said four branches of his institution have paid salaries of the previous months to the whole staff, but they may not be able to sustain this pressure the next month if the lockdown continued. He said private educational institutions cannot pay salaries to employees without receiving fee from students.

KP Labour Minister Shaukat Yousafzai has said the provincial government has asked the private educational institutions to pay salaries to employees on time. He said private schools teachers and other staff may also benefit from the financial aid package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan.